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Donald Trump doesn’t talk like other presidents. Would he be a better president if he did?

When Donald Trump speaks, he sounds — unabashedly, unmistakably — like Donald Trump. But does he sound like a president?

And does sounding like a president even matter anymore?

Now that Trump’s 100th day in the White House is upon us, it’s worth pausing to consider the concept of a “presidential voice” — mainly because, as with so many of the traditions and trappings that have come to define the highest office in the land over the last 228 years, Trump seems to have dispensed with it entirely.

Some presidents strive for loftiness. (Think John F. Kennedy). Others speak more colloquially. (Harry Truman comes to mind.) But prior to Trump, you could pretty much put all of them on the same spectrum. They all tried, in their own way, to sound like presidents.

“There’s a transition that happens when someone is elected president,” says Jeff Shesol, a former speechwriter in the Clinton White...


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‘I thought it would be easier’: Trump assesses his first 100 days

On the cusp of his 100th day in office, President Trump went on a media blitz this week, granting interviews to a number of outlets reflecting on his first months in the nation’s highest office.

In addition to an interview with the Associated Press that attracted attention for all the “unintelligible” lines in the transcript, Trump spoke to the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal and Reuters about everything from his flip-flop on withdrawing from NAFTA to his surprise about the difficulties of his job. Below are some of the most illuminating tidbits from the commander in chief.

He is nostalgic for pre-presidency life:

“I loved my previous life,” Trump told Reuters. “I had so many things going. This is more work than in my previous life. I thought it would be easier.”

As Trump threatened to terminate the North American Free Trade Agreement, members of his cabinet scrambled:

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Sanders calls Obama’s $400K Wall Street speaking fee ‘unfortunate’

Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., may be fond of former President Barack Obama, but he’s still disappointed with his upcoming speaking engagement at a top investment firm on Wall Street.

Sanders, a fierce Wall Street critic, described Obama as a friend and said he represented the United States with intelligence and integrity. But he also said he wishes the Democratic leader had passed on the $400,000 offer to speak at Cantor Fitzgerald’s health care conference in September.

“I think at a time when people are so frustrated with the power of Wall Street and the big money interests, I think it is unfortunate that President Obama is doing this,” Sanders told “CBS This Morning” on Friday.

Obama spokesman Eric Schultz defended the paid speech. Schultz argued that the former president wanted to discuss health care reform and that he also accepted an unprecedented amount of campaign money from...


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Congress votes to avert government shutdown — for one week

WASHINGTON — The majority of Democrats and Republicans in Congress voted to postpone a government shutdown by one week, giving lawmakers until next Friday at midnight to hammer out a spending deal for the rest of the fiscal year.

The Senate quickly approved the House’s continuing resolution — or “CR” in Washington-speak — sending it to President Trump. The CR passed the House 373 to 30.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said “progress” had been made between the parties on the deal as lawmakers stayed up past midnight negotiating.

“Not all the poison pill riders have been eliminated,” Schumer said. “We’re willing to extend things for a little time in hopes that the same kind of progress will be made.”

“The legislation…will carry us through next week, so that a bipartisan final agreement can be reached and so that members will have time to review that legislation before we...


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Whistleblower: Trump VA executive order risks being ‘dog and pony show’

Veterans Affairs whistleblower Brandon Coleman is cautiously optimistic about the significance of President Trump’s executive order to improve accountability and protect whistleblowers at the agency.

But he also had note of warning.

“Unless they bring whistleblowers to the table, this is nothing more than another dog and pony show,” Coleman told “Fox & Friends” on Friday morning.

Coleman, a former Marine-turned-addiction counselor, has been an outspoken critic of the VA’s failure to protect whistleblowers since he was placed on administrative leave for 18 months after he reported mismanagement of potentially suicidal or homicidal mental health patients at the VA Medical Center in Phoenix, Ariz., in 2015. He filed a reprisal claim with the independent federal Office of Special Council (OSC), which has found evidence of widespread cases of retaliatory action against VA whistleblowers...


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Trump signs order to reverse Obama’s ban on Arctic drilling

On the eve of his 100th day in the White House, President Trump signed an executive order Friday intended to let energy companies drill for oil in currently protected areas of the Arctic and Atlantic Oceans.

The move was swiftly condemned by environmentalists, but Trump hailed it as a victory for the economy.

“This is a great day for American workers and families. And today we’re unleashing American energy and clearing the way for thousands and thousands of high-paying American energy jobs,” Trump said, before signing the order.

So far, Trump’s energy policies have aimed at reversing the plentiful environmental protections established by his predecessor, former President Barack Obama.

In the Roosevelt Room of the White House, Trump said the United States is blessed with wonderful natural resources, including offshore oil and natural gas reserves, which can be harnessed to stimulate...


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‘It may be Pocahontas’: Trump attacks Warren as potential 2020 rival

President Trump resurrected his “Pocahontas” insult for Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., while reminiscing about his election night win Friday afternoon.

Trump mocked Warren during a speech at the National Rifle Association’s  annual meeting in Atlanta. He boasted about his upset victory in November, and reminded the crowd that he was the only presidential candidate to speak to the pro-gun group during the campaign.

“I have a feeling that in the next election you’re going to be swamped with candidates, but you’re not going to be wasting your time,” Trump said. “You’ll have plenty of those Democrats coming over, and you’re going to say, ‘No, sir — no, thank you.’”

The president quickly corrected himself and suggested that his eventual opponent in the 2020 presidential election might be a woman — and not just any woman, but one with whom he has had a long-standing and fiery public...


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NRA’s LaPierre: Greatest U.S. ‘domestic threats’ are political, academic and media elites

National Rifle Association leader Wayne LaPierre urged gun owners to stand up to “academic elites, political elites and media elites” at the annual NRA convention in Atlanta on Friday, deeming those three groups to be “America’s greatest domestic threats.”

“They’ll seemingly stop at nothing, including tearing apart our country,” said LaPierre, the NRA’s executive vice president and CEO. “If we don’t stand up to them, and I mean now, an entire generation of Americans could be lost and our nation along with them.”

LaPierre’s call to action preceded President Trump’s speech at the convention — the first by a U.S. president since Ronald Reagan — and echoed the equally ominous remarks he delivered at the Conservative Political Action Conference earlier this year.

There, LaPierre had warned of a sprawling “enemy,” including Mexican drug cartels, terrorists, liberal protesters and the...


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Trump: I’m ‘disappointed’ with the speed of congressional Republicans

President Trump said Friday that he is disheartened with the pace of the Republican-controlled Congress, which has yet to send a signature piece of legislation to his desk in his first 100 days.

“I’m disappointed that it doesn’t go quicker,” Trump said.

The comments came in an interview scheduled to air Friday evening with Fox News’ Martha MacCallum, who asked Trump’s opinion on how the Republicans have handled the “big issues” that have been raised so far in his presidency, such as health care reform.

On the final episode of Fox’s “The First 100 Days,” Trump said he was disappointed, but he also spoke highly of his congressional allies and singled out House Speaker Paul Ryan for praise, despite reports of tension between the two.

“I like them a lot. I have great relationships. Don’t forget, most of them I didn’t even know,” he said.

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Heineken takes on politics in ad that's been called 'anti-Pepsi' approach - USA TODAY

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A touching new Heineken ad challenges people to open their worlds and minds with heartfelt conversations about controversial issues... and beer. Heineken

In a four-minute ad posted on Heineken’s YouTube page, the beer-maker asks the question: Can two strangers with opposing views prove that there’s more that unites than divides us?(Photo: Screenshot)

Instead of shying away from hot-button political issues in the wake of Pepsi’s controversial protest ad featuring Kendall Jenner, Heineken is taking them head-on in a new ad.

In a four-minute ad posted on Heineken’s YouTube page, the beer-maker asks the question:  Can two strangers with opposing views prove that there’s more that unites than divides us?

In the clip, six people with opposing political and social views are broken into pairs and asked to work together to complete a task (building a stool). A...


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Politics this week - The Economist

Emmanuel Macron topped the first round of the presidential election in France and will meet Marine Le Pen in a run-off on May 7th. Markets were buoyed by Mr Macron’s performance: opinion polls put the former economy minister well ahead of his nationalist rival. A few days before the vote a policeman was killed by an Islamist on the Champs Élysées in Paris. See article.

Turkey broadened its purge of people in public positions who the government claims belong to the movement allegedly behind last year’s failed coup. Some 1,000 people, mostly police officers, were arrested, and another 2,200 were being sought. Another 9,000 police were suspended from duty.

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    'SportsCenter' anchor agrees politics is hurting ESPN | New York Post - New York Post

    ESPN’s sweeping staff cuts are not just the result of ambitious TV rights deals and an overburdened budget, popular “SportsCenter” anchor Linda Cohn suggested Thursday.

    The network may be losing subscriber revenue not just because of cord-cutting, Cohn allowed, but because viewers are increasingly turned off by ESPN inserting politics into its sports coverage.

    “That is definitely a percentage of it,” Cohn said Thursday on 77 WABC’s “Bernie and Sid” show when asked whether certain social or political stances contributed to the stupor that resulted in roughly 100 employees getting the ax this week. “I don’t know how big a percentage, but if anyone wants to ignore that fact, they’re blind.”

    Cohn agreed with the argument that certain sports fans may have disapproved of the way ESPN covered polarizing figures such as Roger Goodell, Colin Kaepernick and Caitlyn Jenner.

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    The New/Old Politics of Capital vs. Countryside - RealClearPolitics

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    Capital vs. countryside -- that's the new political divide, visible in multiple surprise election results over the past 11 months. It cuts across old partisan lines and replaces traditional divisions -- labor vs. management, north vs. south, Catholic vs. Protestant -- among voters.

    This was apparent last June in Britain's referendum on whether to leave the European Union. London voted 60 percent to remain, while the rest of England, whether Labour or Conservative, voted 57 percent to leave. It was plain in Colombia's October referendum on a peace settlement with the FARC guerrillas. Bogota voted 56 percent "si," the heartland cordillera provinces 58 percent "no."

    In both countries, the ethnic and geographic fringe -- Scotland and Northern Ireland, the Caribbean provinces -- voted with the capital. But in each case, the historic heartland, with...


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    Donald Trump sounds like he really misses not being president - CNN

    "I loved my previous life, I loved my previous life. I had so many things going," Trump told Reuters. "I actually, this is more work than my previous life. I thought it would be easier."

    Then, later: "I do miss my old life. This -- I like to work. But this is actually more work."

    That sentiment is, in a word, strange. For a few reasons.

    It's absolutely true that all presidents express -- privately and then, eventually, publicly -- some level of longing for the life they left behind or the life they will return to. But that usually happens after, say, seven or eight years in the White House. Not after 99 days.

    The truth is -- and even Donald Trump might admit this in his most candid moments -- that he had almost zero idea of what being president would entail when he started running for the office almost two years ago now.

    When he entered the race in June 2015, there was no reasonable...


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    The Political-Knowledge Gender Gap - National Review

    Editor’s Note: This article originally appeared in the June 17, 1996, issue of National Review magazine. We are bringing this piece out from the archives in remembrance of Kate O’Beirne, the former Washington Editor of National Review.

    As the world knows, women’s overwhelming support for President Clinton has put Bob Dole on the wrong side of a serious gender gap. Clinton leads among women by 20 points and believes their support is crucial to his re-election. The Dole campaign is determined to narrow the gulch. But because women tend to be inattentive and uninformed about politics, in courting women voters Clinton and Dole must woo the indifferent — a clear advantage for our President.

    Since the 1940s, studies have consistently found that the public in general is poorly informed about politics and public policy. In their newly published book, What Americans Know about Politics and...


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    Le Pen vs. Macron completely reshapes French politics - The Hill (blog)

    After the implosion of France’s two principal political parties during the first round of its presidential election, we haven’t seen the end of the demolition.

    A new day is dawning on French politics. In the final battle for the presidency, French voters have chosen two figures who represent not a clash between the left and the right but rather one between a “nationalist” vision on the one hand and a “Europeanist” or even “globalist” one on the other.

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    The showdown will be merciless. In one corner, National Front candidate Marine Le Pen, who is calling for closing borders and withdrawing from European solidarity, attracts those who believe that France is losing its identity and its sovereignty. In the other corner, the independent centrist Emmanuel Macron, who was the only candidate to proclaim his faith in the European project, brings together those who believe Europe...

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    12 Great Stories That Have Nothing to Do With Politics - New York Times

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    • Amid a recent flood of news and think pieces about how artificial intelligence is replacing humans at work, this story of Google’s human raters is illuminating. Little has been known about the people testing Google’s algorithms and results (even by the company’s own engineers) until 10 of them stepped forward to talk about their jobs and process. [Ars Technica]

    • What makes a genius? Is it simply a high I.Q.? This comprehensive exploration of the combination of creativity, intelligence and luck you’ll need if you want to be the next Albert Einstein shows how complex the question can be [National Geographic]

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    Donald Trump is the best troll in all of politics - CNN

    "I have a feeling that in the next election you're going to be swamped with candidates," Trump told the crowd. "You'll have plenty of those Democrats coming over and you'll say 'No sir. No ma'am, perhaps ma'am. It may be Pocahontas, remember that. And she is not big for the NRA that I can tell you."

    Then there was Trump's reference to former presidential primary rival Ted Cruz, who was in the audience as the president spoke. "Like, dislike, like," Trump said by way of describing the arc of his relationship with the man he regularly referred to as "Lyin' Ted" during the course of the primary race.

    House Republicans are (still) at war with themselves

    House Republicans are (still) at war with themselves

    That Trump says those sorts of things -- even in front of a red-meat-loving crowd like the NRA -- is notable. It's hard to imagine Barack Obama or George W. Bush or, well, any other past president saying that kind of stuff about former opponents (and maybe future ones) in public....


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    On 'sanctuary cities,' Trumpian hyperbole runs up against legal precision

    NEW YORKWhen attorneys for the Trump administration defended the president’s executive order targeting sanctuary cities this month, they urged a federal judge not to take its wide-ranging threats too seriously.  

    The order was merely an example of the president’s use of the “bully pulpit, serving the purpose of highlighting President Trump’s focus on immigration enforcement,” the administration’s council told US District Judge William Orrick in San Francisco.

    That argument failed to persuade. On Tuesday, Judge Orrick put a temporary halt to Mr. Trump’s executive order threatening to withhold federal funds from jurisdictions that limit local cooperation with immigration officials. It was the third time since Trump took office that a federal court put a halt to one of his executive orders – and the third time a court cited the president’s free-flowing bully pulpit to...


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    Senate confirms Alex Acosta as Labor secretary

    Washington D.C.Alex Acosta has been confirmed as the nation's new Labor secretary, filling out President Trump's cabinet as he approaches his 100th day in office.

    A 60 to 38 vote by the Senate on Thursday confirmed Mr. Acosta to the post. Once sworn as the 27th Labor secretary, the son of Cuban immigrants will lead a sprawling agency that enforces more than 180 federal laws covering about 10 million employers and 125 million workers.

    Sen. Tim Scott (R) of South Carolina spoke for many Republicans with a statement issued just after the vote saying he hopes Acosta's focus will be "promoting labor policies that are free of unnecessarily burdensome federal regulations." Senator Scott said he wants Acosta to permanently revoke rules governing financial advisers and adding Americans eligible for overtime pay.

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